On Tuesday Oct. 6th, the U.S. Senate approved the largest military budget bill in the history of our nation: $626 billion. 
Next, the bill will be sent to a conference committee and then back to the House and Senate for final passage.
There remains a short window of opportunity to stop this wasteful military madness.
It's time to end the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It's time to roll back the out-of-control militarism that is bankrupting our nation, morally and financially.
The Pentagon budget bill contains $128 billion to extend the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — bringing total spending on these wars to over $1 trillion.
Enough is enough. 51% of Americans now believe that the Afghan war is not worth fighting. 
We should dedicate most of that $626 billlion to meet the needs of Americans hit hard by the economic crisis, facing foreclosures, lack of health insurance, hunger, and lamentable schools.
We need to take action, motivated by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
(1) Andrew Taylor, “Senate Passes Pentagon Budget, War Funding.” Associated Press, October 6, 2009.
(2) Jennifer Agiesta and Jon Cohen, “Public Opinion in U.S. Turns Against the War.” Washington Post, August 20, 2009.